Me by the Lake

Another from the Wivenhoe Sunrise shoot. This one features yours truly as the "foreground interest" ;-)

#207 in Explore - see you don't have to have a kitten at sunrise, a hairy photographer will do ;-)

View all photos taken: Thursday, 25th October 2007, This photo: 5:13am

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  • looby88 said:
    I really like it, what incredibly long hair you have !!

    The more I look at it, the more I like this photo
  • James Ottaway said:
    Every time I see one of your wide-angle shots I kick myself for not having bought one yet. I'm going to have to now that I'm going to Great Keppel Island in a month. I love the Akubra, too!
  • Xenedis said:
    Nicely done.
  • David de Groot said:
    I think it's about 2ft long at the moment. :)

    Well worth it, that's for sure. At the time it was either wide or tele and since I'd been shooting a lot at 18mm on the kit lens I went wide. As for the hat, it's a cheap knock-off I picked up in Dayboro. One of these days I may get a real Akubra but in the meantime this one does the job.

    Danke :) I carefully didn't use fill flash as there was no point highlighting my presence ;-)
  • Xenedis said:
    I'm going to bring both of my flashes to Brisbane in a fortnight, so we might have a bit of fun with those.
  • David de Groot said:
    Maybe we can convince Kara to model for us :)
  • Michael SA said:
    Nicely composed and exposed! ;-)
    Gotta love the perspective at 10mm.
  • David de Groot said:
    Definitely :)
  • 6element said:
    Very nice pic Dave, nice to see you!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - I usually live solely on the other side of the lens, but every now and then I'll pop into frame for a peek - unlike Helen, she only appears in spoons apparently. ;-)
  • Xenedis said:
    I'm sure Kara will model for us. If not, she might find herself wearing concrete boots. :-)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    exceedingly cool, David!
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!!!! ROTFL, you are forgetting the kettle - and the car, but yes, spoons is good !!
    I could try forks- if you like...

    poor Kara, how about a little reward, it would cost you to hire a model !!
  • David de Groot said:
    My recent threats have been to take bad photos of her if she doesn't pose for good ones ;-)

    Thanks David :) See I was up that early.

    Well it seems we've flushed you out of the spoons I see.

    The reward is she doesn't get bad photos published on the internet ;-)
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Lovely shot David!
    You can't beat that gorgeous early morning light.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true, even if you do use a really big stick ;-) Seriously though, it is quite special.
  • traceyisanozzy said:
    How very beautiful David, awesome lighting, love the shadows and tones and love the locks, I'm jealous, it's longer than mine!!

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  • heidi_K said:
    I like this photo!

    "Aussie looking at the sunrise!"
  • Giorgos~ said:
    Gorgeous shot my friend! Saw it in Explore 500! Congrats and have a great weekend! 8-)
  • David de Groot said:
    It's officially due for a trim of the ends, but I never get around to it.

    Indeed :)

    Hey look, I must be interesting after all ;-)
  • Jack High said:
    I think the shot is a lot better for the hairy photographer in the foreground. The way you're looking into the scene says "hey look at this", and it is indeed worth looking at.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    @David: yes, I suppose this more or less constitutes proof, though I know you are quite nifty with photoshop too :-p
  • renatoaugelli said:

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack, that was the intention, so I'm glad it worked :)

    No PS here David. I'm not really that good at the photoshop thing.

    Danke :)
  • -Bennie- said:
    Great shot Dave!!! Love the colours in the sky! Nothing wrong with a self-portrait either!

    Out of interest what tripod do you own? And I never pictured you with long hair either! :-)

    I'm still organising with the mrs. to get out early! however, it never seems to be the 'right' time. However i'm working on it!
  • David de Groot said:
    A Velbon Sherpa 450R. It's fairly stable, holding 3.5 to 5kg and has the added benefit of being able to mount the head on the bottom of the centre column. Not quite as flexible as I'd prefer, and with three segments on the legs, fairly long when folded, but it does come with a carry bag.

    As for getting out, sneak out at 3am, push the car out of the drive and be back by 7 cooking breakie ;-)
  • Misteriddles said:
    Good stuff. How diabolically inventive: using yourself as foreground interest.
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe indeed - after all there isn't much sitting around on the edge of the lake.